Rider Gameday: vs. Drexel
Who: Drexel (4-5) at Rider (6-3)
When: Friday, 7 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium
TV/ Radio: None/ 107.7 FM The Bronc
Last Time Out: Rider def. Kennesaw State, 81-79; Drexel lost to St. Joe's, 72-71
Series History: Drexel leads 30-27
Background: This is a quick turnaround for the Broncs after escaping with a two-point victory over Kennesaw Sate on Wednesday, but another win Friday would be a fourth straight. These two schools haven't met since 2012 when Rider won in Philadelphia.
Backcourt Playing Well: Senior Jimmie Taylor and freshman Stevie Jordan both set career highs last time out. Taylor poured in 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting and made a season-best six 3-pointers. Jordan, meanwhile, became the first Bronc to dish out 10 or more assists in a game since Jon Thompson did it against Niagara on Feb. 5, 2012. Jordan is averaging 5.5 assist per game (50 total against 27 turnovers).
Seal the Deal: Head coach Kevin Baggett knows his team has been fortunate to escape with two of its victories during this three-game winning streak. Against Siena, the Saints grabbed eight offensive rebounds in final 2:22, yet the Broncs found away to hold on for a two-point win. Against Kennesaw State, the Owls shot 71.4 percent from beyond the arc (10-for-14) and had a chance to steal a win, just like Siena did, with a 3-pointer they ended up missing. Ironically, both of those missed shots came at the same basket. "The ball has bounced in our favor this year compared to last year," Baggett said. "We'll take it."
Scouting Drexel: The Dragons are under the direction of first-year coach Zach Spiker. The former Army boss replaced Bruiser Flint, Baggett's friend and former teammate at St. Joe's, after he was let go following a 6-25 campaign. Rider's current director of basketball operations, Chandler Fraser-Pauls, appeared in five games for Drexel last season as a graduate transfer. On the court, the Dragons are coming off a one-point loss to St. Joe's where they couldn't hold a double-digit advantage. Rodney Williams (16.7 pts, 6.4 reb) is the player to watch. He had 29 points and 10 rebounds against the Hawks.